Mesut Ozil Brighton defeat
Mesut Ozil blames assistant coach Per Mertesacker for Arsenal defeat to Brighton. Photo/Agency

Mesut Ozil shouts at assistant coach Per Mertesacker after Brighton defeat

Following a 2-1 defeat to Brighton yesterday, Arsenal man Mesut Ozil went furious and yelled shouts at his assistant coach Per Mertesacker.

According to sources in Europe, at the end of the game, Ozil who was disappointed with the final score fumed at his coaches while making his way back to the dressing room.

“He was seen pointed and yelling towards the dugout and shouting: “‘Sacker, ‘Sacker, ‘Sacker,” a statement from one Arsenal fan read.

Matteo Guendouzi who was pictured trying to calm down Arsenal’s number 10 could hardly do anything as furious Ozil continued his angry tirade towards Per Mertesacker – the club’s new assistant manager.

Ozil and Per are close friends and memorably won the 2014 World Cup together with Germany, while they also played together back home with Werder Bremen at the start of their careers.

The two also played together at Arsenal under Arsene Wenger although the latter called time on his playing career in 2018.

Per Mertesacker Brighton defeat
Assistant coach Per Mertesacker after Brighton defeat

Meanwhile, Arsenal’s misery in the Barclays Premier League season continued with another woeful defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners came into this game on the back of their 2-2 draw against Norwich City last weekend, but they could not even manage to muster a draw in this encounter.

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This means that the north Londoners are winless in their first two matches since sacking former boss Unai Emery.

For Brighton, it was their first-ever Premier League away win against ‘big six’ opposition (D1 L15), and the first time they have scored more than once in such an encounter.

Meanwhile, Alexander Lacazette levelled parity for his side five minutes into the second half after clinically connecting with Mesut Ozil’s corner to hand his side a lifeline in the game. Brighton had taken an early first-half lead through Adam Webster.

The Gunners thought they had taken the lead 13 minutes later through David Luiz, but the Brazilian’s effort was ruled out for an offside.

With just 10 minutes left to stoppage time, Neal Maupay headed home a late winner as Brighton inflicted defeat on the Gunners’ interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg in his first home game in charge.

The 2-1 loss took the Gunners’ winless streak to nine matches, their worst run in over 42 years, with Ljungberg unable to oversee an immediate upturn in fortunes.

By John Dalton Kigozi